Forty for 40: Alexia Marcous, BSN ’15
It was while volunteering in Haiti in 2012 that Alexia Marcous first decided to become a nurse.
Fast forward three years, and Marcous had received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Institute. By that time, she had established the Bodhicitta Practice Foundation, funding the charity after selling her interest in Dharma Merchant Services, her family’s green/socially conscious financial services firm in San Francisco that she co-founded with her father.
She has been to the impoverished Caribbean nation 15 more times since that first visit, most often with the Women and Children’s Hope Foundation where she focused on the four things that motivate her: children’s education, women's health and empowerment, environmental sustainability, and spiritual well-being.
Marcous, who previously worked in software, is a medical-surgical nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has spearheaded several initiatives praised by the hospital’s nursing leadership, including a “Guide to Eating After Surgery” for patients and several training programs for her nursing peers.